Crazy Things People Say To Teachers -- And How To Respond
TIRED OF PEOPLE ASSUMING YOUR JOB IS EASY AND YOUR SUMMERS ARE FREE?
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of comebacks to crazy questions, so at this year’s holiday dinner (or any other time your professionalism is called into question: legislators, are you listening?) you can show the whole family why your profession is worthy of their highest respect.
Teachers are just glorified babysitters!
All your union cares about is bargaining for higher salaries and more benefits! What about the students?
Teachers have tenure. You can't be fired no matter what kind of job you do.
Ooh! Must be nice to have summers off!
You’re way too educated to be teaching young kids. You should be doing something more challenging. Don’t you have an M.A.?
It can’t be that hard to control a bunch of kids. Just have clear expectations.
If my current job doesn’t work out, I could just become a teacher!
Is it true that the lunch ladies and custodians and bus drivers are members of NEA? What do they contribute to our kids’ education?
You teach kindergarten? How nice to play with paint and glitter all day!
Why do teachers object to merit pay? You should be paid what you’re worth!
Illustrations by Dave Clark.